REP LIEU RECEIVES WASTE WARRIOR AWARD FROM THE WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT
Washington – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) received a “Congressional Waste Warrior” award from the White Coat Waste Project. The award recognizes Congressman Lieu’s leadership in the 115th Congress to end inhumane dog experiments in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.
“I would like to thank the White Coat Waste Project for this special recognition. Canine experiments are unnecessary, wasteful and inhumane. We owe it to not only our canine friends but our nation’s Veterans and American taxpayers to promote science that does not come at the expense of animals’ welfare. I applaud the White Coat Waste Project for its hard work, and I look forward to continuing to make strides with my colleagues in Congress to end dog abuse across VA facilities.”
On May 8, 2017, Reps. Lieu and Dina Titus (D-Nevada) led seven other House Members in sending a letter to the VA Inspector General Michael J. Missal raising concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in the controversial dog experiments taking place at the West LA VA. On June 9, the VA announced it was terminating the 20-year-old canine research program. On July 26, the House unanimously passed an amendment that prohibits the VA from conducting any study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Congressman Lieu was a cosponsor of this Amendment.